A severe underbite can hold you back from feeling confident about your smile, or even worse, can lead to significant oral health issues. Sidney M. Craft, Jr., DDS, is an expert at treating malocclusion and has helped many patients overcome their underbites in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas. To learn more about fixing your underbite, schedule a visit today by calling the office nearest you or booking an appointment online.
An underbite is a type of malocclusion or jaw misalignment where the lower teeth extend farther outward than the upper teeth. An underbite looks like the jaw positioning typically associated with bulldogs.
There are several factors that affect the alignment of your teeth, and therefore a number of different ways that you can potentially develop an underbite. Some common causes include:
Underbites can develop by engaging in certain bad oral habits while the teeth and jaw are still growing into their permanent positions. Some examples of these bad habits are:
The most common cause of an underbite is genetics. Jaw and tooth shape are inherited traits, and people that are born with teeth that are very close together, abnormally shaped, or impacted tend to have a higher risk of developing an underbite.
Severe trauma to the face can affect your jawbone and the alignment of your bite. Even if you break your jaw and have it repaired, you might still develop an underbite if it heals out of alignment.
Tumors in the jawbone or mouth that cause the jaws to protrude can sometimes cause an underbite.
Fixing your underbite can benefit your oral health in a number of ways, including:
Many patients of Dr. Sidney M. Craft also choose to treat their underbite for cosmetic reasons, as a malocclusion can detract from the aesthetic appearance of a healthy smile.
If you’ve decided that you’d like to address your underbite, your practitioner can administer a number of different procedures that will treat your malocclusion and improve your smile, such as:
Don’t wait to treat your underbite. Schedule an appointment today and let Dr. Sidney M. Craft get your smile in proper alignment. You can call the office nearest you or book your visit using the convenient online scheduling tool.